Tate Modern Exhibition

Fahrelnissa Zeid

Fahrelnissa Zeid, Resolved Problems,1948

Fahrelnissa Zeid Resolved Problems 1948 Istanbul Museum of Modern Art Collection, Eczacıbaşı Group Donation (Istanbul, Turkey) © Istanbul Museum of Modern Art © Raad Zeid Al-Hussein​

Be mesmerised by the kaleidoscopic paintings of the international female artist, Fahrelnissa Zeid

Trained in both Paris and Istanbul, Fahrelnissa Zeid was an important figure in the Turkish avant-garde d Group in the early 1940s and the École de Paris (School of Paris) in the 1950s. Her vibrant abstract paintings are a synthesis of Islamic, Byzantine, Arab and Persian influences fused with European approaches to abstraction. Many of her abstract works are monumental and demand attention.

Zeid’s reputation as an artist was cemented in the 1950s when she was living between London and Paris and exhibiting extensively internationally. The artist also began experimenting with painting on turkey and chicken bones, which she later cast in polyester resin panels evocative of stained-glass windows. In the later years of her life she unexpectedly returned to figurative painting, creating stylised portraits of her friends and family.

Indulge in Zeid’s obsession with line and dazzling colour in this exhibition. Rediscover one of the greatest female artists of the 20th century in this first major retrospective.​

Tate Modern

London SE1 9TG
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13 June – 8 October 2017

Supported by

Deutsche Bank​​

Main Sponsor

The Fahrelnissa Zeid Exhibition Supporters Circle

Darat al Funun - The Khalid Shoman Foundation
Mr Mehmet Riza Erdem and Mrs Elif Erdem
Mohammad and Mahera Abu Ghazaleh



a rich and rewarding body of work and an exhibition that will reintroduce Zeid to a new generation of art lovers

The Independent

few artists [...] will have had as colourful a life as Fahrelnissa Zeid

Evening Standard
Time Out
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